§ Mr. Rooker
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will reproduce his answer of 4 November,Official Report, columns 785–86, regarding Birmingham health authorities using the hospital pay and prices deflator.
§ Mrs. Currie
No. It is inappropriate to revalue district health authorities' expenditure by reference to centrally assessed movements in National Health Service pay and prices because the composition of that expenditure can differ substantially from the national average.